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Fit Vine Wine – A Review

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I love wine.  I am no expert, but I love wine.  Did I mention I love wine?  However, I hate consuming all the sugar that comes with it and I hate feeling blah and foggy and ravenous the day after having a little too much wine.  Red or white. Doesn’t matter, I always get the same ugghhhh feeling the next morning (hello mid thirties!).

So leave it to me to scope out Fit Vine Wine.  Guys, it’s awesome.  AGAIN, I AM NOT A WINE EXPERT. But I know what tastes good.  I have ordered two cases so far.  I get six Sauvignon Blanc and six Cabernet.  I think they are both delicious.

A little about the company direct from their website:

How Did FitVine Come About?
FitVine Wine was born when three friends discovered that they could make amazing wines that also fit their active lifestyles. Our team is always on the go, whether we’re doing CrossFit, cycling, running, skiing, paddle boarding, or just enjoying the outdoors. We set about combining our love for wine and fitness with an ethic for sustainability. Our proprietary process delivers high-quality great tasting wine with less sugar, calories and carbohydrates.

Our Fermentation Process
To create wines that are both clean and rich in flavor and mouthfeel, we put our wines thorough malolactic fermentation and perform dry fermentation with no residual sugar levels. In doing this, per 5oz glass, both the Chardonnay & Sauvignon Blanc have 90 calories & 3g of carbohydrates at 13.4% alcohol. The Cabernet & Pinot Noir have 95 calories & 3.4g of carbohydrates at 13.9% alcohol. The remaining sugar is that which is naturally found in the alcohol which is less than 1.5g per liter.  Furthermore our fermentation process is extended 10-15 days in order to optimize pH levels. Our proprietary process allows us to extract more color and tannins. Finally we filter all of our wines with both diatomaceous earth and micron pads.
Our wines contain sulfites at less than 35 ppm (parts per million). Additionally, at primary fermentation, the SO2 (sulfur dioxide) content is kept at a low level.

Our Grapes
We are very picky when selecting our grapes. We choose only the highest quality grapes from small farmers who focus on quality, not quantity. Our story doesn’t include fancy chateaus or barrels hewed from the limbs of majestic oaks. We’re OK with that and we think you will be too. Because the most important part of any story is what you take away from it and at FitVine, we took away residual sugars, excessive sulfites and needless additives. Just great tasting wine with fewer calories and carbs. If you’re trying to be more conscious about what you’re putting into your body and looking for a wine that champions your active lifestyle – drink clean. Drink FitVine – end of story.

What Does All This Mean
It means that we take the extra time and effort to create wines that are clean and you can take comfort in knowing exactly what you are and are not putting in your body. This is the way that wine is meant to be made: without all the additives, sugars, and impurities that can wreak havoc on our bodies. And the results are in that our wines can have all the flavor, mouthfeel and alcohol as “regular wine”.  We have received high marks from customers and reviewers, whom are thrilled to have discovered FitVine Wine.

I have only ordered through the website which is easy BUT it is an inconvenience to have to sign for it upon arrival (hello, sleeping 9 month old baby, three dogs and the doorbell).  Some Whole Foods Markets are starting to carry FVW so if you’re close to one that does, go get a bottle case and try it for yourself.  Check here to see if they are at your local store.  (Central VA peeps, they have FVW at WF in Charlottesville and RVA!)

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If you don’t believe me, read the reviews.  There are HUNDREDS of them and nearly all positive.  That is what had me order it first, well that and the idea of less sugar, chemicals, and crap in my vino.

They have free shipping when you order a case so it’s sort of a no brainer.  You can mix and match which is great too. They give you a 60 day money back guarantee (that you won’t need) but if that helps some of you pull the trigger, so be it.

Let me know what you think! Cheers to the summer of no hangovers!

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Clean Spring Cocktails

Maybe it’s because I just got back from Las Vegas, maybe it’s because today is the first day of SPRING…whatever the reason I have had “clean” cocktails on the brain.  By clean, I mean nothing from a bottle except for the booze.

Think: fresh squeezed green juice with celery, kale, apples, lemons, a little jalepeno mixed with a splash of vodka.  Or maybe freshly juiced grapefruit with a little tequila and a pink salt rim?  How about an earthy beet and blood orange juice with a bit of sparkling wine floating on top?  The possibilities are endless. Don’t want to juice or blend?  Buy cold pressed juice at the store and go to town.  I recommend Suja and Blue Print, personally. Save yourself the time and effort of juicing at home!

We all know fruit has a lot of sugar but here’s what I suggest: throw in some veggies, a splash of ACV, some soda water, minimize the amount of booze, and drink A TON OF WATER while imbibing…you are sure to have a fun night with a pretty forgiving morning. Just add a group of friends and PLEASE add some food as well. (Sidenote: I am notorious for not eating enough when wining with my girls, but I am making a big effort to change this!)  Hummus and pita, marinated olives, cheese with fermented pickles, and spiced nuts are my favorite “bar” snacks.

I recently found a solid recipe on A Healthy Life For Me for a Green Goddess Cocktail.  Um, hello?  It was like made for us, y’all.  With celery and cilantro among other goodies, this is one I plan to make ASAP. Find the whole recipe here.  Isn’t it gorg?  Photo by A Healthy Life For Me.

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Cheers to warmer temperatures, fabulous girlfriends, and feeling fine!

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In Honor of St. Patrick’s Day…

 

I am not much of a corned beef and cabbage kind of girl, but I want to serve something appropriate for St. Patrick’s Day.  That’s why this recipe from Eating Well appeals to me so much.  Made in the slow cooker using chicken thighs (my favorite part of the chicken) a little stout for flavor (and festivity!) and lots of veggies…it is savory, delicious comfort food at its best. I am going to skip the bacon, use whole wheat flour, and maybe throw in even more peas and carrots, but you do what you want!

It will be delicious either way.

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Have a great week and happy St. Patrick’s Day guys!

 

xx,

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Another Vinegar Post…

I know, I know.  I post a lot about vinegar.  Its multiple uses.  How it remedies so many things.  How it is SO good for you. Blah, blah, blah.  If you aren’t as in to Apple Cider Vinegar as I am (what?) and don’t want to take a few shots of it each day (yes, yes I do) there is a new way to #drinkyourvinegar thanks to our friends at Suja.

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My favorite is the Grapefruit Jalepeno that uses coconut vinegar (cool!) but there are so many tasty ones, you really can’t choose wrong.  Think: Strawberry Balsamic or Lemongrass Lime?  Yummmmm.

But wait, why do you want to drink your vinegar again?  I won’t make you relive all the glorious specific health benefits but…

Straight from the gospel (Suja’s website, obvi):

“Our Drinking Vinegars were born from Suja’s obsession with nutritious cold-pressed juice and gut health. Blends of organic Apple Cider Vinegar or Coconut Vinegar with the mother still intact, plus four billion live probiotics in every bottle will leave you wondering how they taste so good.”

You keep hearing about gut health, drinking your vinegar is just another way to keep that gut healthy.  And your gut “manages” the health of so many other parts of your body.  It’s the same reason we should eat more fermented foods, take a (good) probiotic everyday, and avoid crap that kills our gut flora.

This is one of those things where I say, just do it.  You’ll be glad you did.

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